By Barry Eisler
Ballantine Books, Hardcover, 9780345505101, 368pp.
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
And a massive cover-up that continues even today.
This is the propulsive thriller that only former CIA operative turned bestselling novelist Barry Eisler could write.
Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben’s release: Find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben’s unit who has stolen ninety-two torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government.
But other players are after the tapes, too, and to find Larison, Ben will have to survive CIA hit teams, Blackwater mercenaries, and the long reach of the White House. He’ll also have to find a way to handle Paula Lanier, a smart, sexy FBI agent who has her own reasons for wanting the tapes and is determined to get them before Ben does. With the stakes this high, everyone has an angle—everyone but Ben, who will have to find the right alliance if he wants to stay alive.
“Inside Out is more than just an addictive, non-stop thriller. It is a microscope turned on the official policies of torture, extraordinary rendition, and the systematic ghosting of detainees. Through the dialogue of his engaging characters, Eisler insightfully conveys the incredible damage these policies caused our nation and the danger they pose to democracy and freedom.”—Matthew Alexander, author of How to Break a Terrorist
“A white knuckle roller-coaster ride through the dark side, a truth so horrifying that it can only be told in fiction. Eisler is a rarity, the ex-spook who turns himself into a great mystery writer.”—Robert Baer, former CIA officer and author of See No Evil
"Eisler turns on its head the old saw that to understand all is to forgive all. His tight plotting and believable characters show us unforgivingly how counter-terrorism turns evil and counter-productive."—Juan Cole, President, Global Americana Institute, author of Engaging the Muslim World
"Inside Out plumbs, with absolute credibility, the darkest recesses of our recent public life, pulling back the curtain on the grim world of secrets—from extraordinary rendition to torture to extra-judicial killing—that looms behind our recent foreign policy. Which makes it not only compelling but, alas, essential reading."—Mark Danner, author of Torture and Truth and Stripping Bare the Body
"Eisler’s new thriller is as smart, dark, and tough as his others. This one, however, is also all too real and all too close to home. After you read it, you will find yourself looking at political news in a very different way... and wondering why these facts are assembled more convincingly in a clever, entertaining suspense novel than they are in the supposedly factual media. Read it for scary fun, only to realize that the facts were the scariest things of all."—Charles Ferguson, Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer of No End in Sight
"Inside Out does what only the best thrillers can: to illuminate the dark corners of hidden crimes in white-hot prose that is terrifying—and riveting—because it is so true to life. Ex-CIA agent Eisler puts black-ops veteran Ben Treven to work in a search for missing interrogation tapes that promise to answer a haunting question: How and why do our leaders use torture to force prisoners to endorse the fearful lies that keep them in power?”—Alex Gibney, Director of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Taxi to the Dark Side
"Inside Out achieves what only the best works of fiction are able: to impart profoundly insightful commentary on the most pressing political controversies of the day within a riveting dramatic plot. Eisler's unique talent is weaving together exciting story-telling with provocative headline-based truths, and he reaches all new heights with his latest novel."—Glenn Greenwald, author of Great American Hypocrites
"Inside Out takes us on a tour of the darkest crevices of the new National Security State. It’s a brilliant work of fiction—but is it really so fictional? Eisler’s plot lines move dangerously close to real life; they are animated by a reality behind the headlines."—Harper's Magazine
"The unexcelled author of beautifully crafted, politically charged, and highly entertaining novels, Barry Eisler has now given us Inside Out, which I read at a single sitting, unable to put it down. Its post-9/11 characters in U.S. intelligence, whom Eisler draws from the inside, their often horrific worldviews, and their explosive actions become uniquely fixed in one's memory—and fears."—Walter LaFeber, author of America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-2006
"Inside Out is a fantastic thriller! What le Carré and Clancy did for the Cold War, Eisler does for the shadow government of politicians, corporations and spies that continually sacrifices America’s core values in the name of national security. Like the best thrillers, Inside Out delights readers while helping them appreciate real world dangers."—Roger McNamee, Elevation Partners
"Inside Out grips you from the very beginning, drawing you deep into the mindset that brought torture back to the US. It takes us where we may yet end up. It could not be more topical or devastating."—Philippe Sands, author Torture Team
“Inside Out does a masterful job of braiding together what we thought we knew about the decline of the rule of law after 9/11, with all we are still afraid to imagine. With his deftly drawn characters and breakneck plotting, Eisler holds up a dark mirror, forcing us to consider the moral and ethical compromises we have made in order to feel safer in America. It's impossible to put down and, thankfully, also impossible to dismiss as mere fiction."—Slate Magazine
"The evils of the program of 'extraordinary rendition' and torture initiated by the Bush administration in the wake of the 9/11 attacks are brought vividly to life in Barry Eisler's topical new thriller. This is violent, disturbing stuff, page-turningly addictive, and all the more shocking because its characters are caught up in a plot that owes as much to the realities of modern-day America as it does to the author's imagination."—Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of 759 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison
“As our once trusted leaders took the nation to the ‘dark side’ with policies akin to those of Mafia consiglieris, Barry Eisler lights up their dungeons with blazing insights packed in his thrilling narrative. It is must reading regardless of one's political persuasion if truth still matters and integrity is valued." —Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil